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Following on from their excellent recording of Chilcott’s Requiem, Matthew Owens and the Wells Cathedral Choir have now set down the compos- er’s St John Passion, which they premiered in 2013. Chilcott takes Bach’s example as his model, though not without developing and adjusting it. Lasting for around an hour, Chilcott’s Passion setting takes his narrative from the King James Bible, allocating a tenor Evangelist (here, the excellent and vivid Ed Lyon) with the story not in secco recitative but a more flowing arioso manner mainly supported by lower strings; Christ and Pilate feature as in Bach, as do the choir as soldiers, crowd, and so on. Bach’s chorales are replaced

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